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Season 2

Starring: Richard Thomas. Co-Starring: Ralph Waite, Miss Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer as The Grandfather. Executive Producer: Lee Rich. Created by Earl Hamner. Produced by Robert L. Jacks.

Judy Norton (Mary Ellen), Jon Walmsley (Jason), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin), Eric Scott (Ben), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob 2-10,12-241), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth), Earl Hamner (Narrator).

Neil T. Maffeo (Associate Producer/Executive Production Manager), Earl Hamner (Executive Story Consultant), Jerry Goldsmith (The Waltons' Theme), Russell Metty A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1-8,11,14,18-24), Michael Margulies (Director of Photography 9), Al Francis A.S.C. (Director of Photography 10,12,13,15-17), Ed Graves (Art Director), Marjorie Fowler A.C.E. (Editor 1,15), Gene Fowler Jr. A.C.E. (Editor), David Blangsted (Editor 2,5,9,12,14,16,19,22,23), Alan L. Jaggs A.C.E. (Editor 3,6,10,17), Michael McCroskey (Editor 4,11,13,18,21,24), Bill Lewis A.C.E. (Editor 7,8,10), Samuel E. Beetley A.C.E (Editor 15,20), Lynn Guthrie (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 1,3-5,7,10,11,13,15), Ted Swanson (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 2), Harvey Laidman (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 6,8,9,12,14,16,17,20,21,24), Ralph Ferrin (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 18,19,22,23), James Cane (Set Decorator), Patricia Norris (Costumes), Robert Moore (Costumes 1,2,11), William Flannery (Production Sound Mixer), Carol Evan McKeand (Staff Writer), Victor Guarnier (Sound Effects Editor), Bill Wistrom (Sound Effects Editor), John Wheeler (Sound Effects Editor), Edna Bullock (Music Editor), Leon Schotter (Property Master), Robert Sidell (Makeup Artist), Carol Meikle (Hair Stylist), Pam Polifroni (Casting), Richard Chaffee (Script Supervisor), Earl Williman Jr. (Electrical Gaffer 1-9,11,14,18-24), James R. Field (Electrical Gaffer 10,12,13,15-17), Dick Borland (Key Grip 1-9,11,14), John Hennessy Sr. (Key Grip 10,12,13,15-17), Armando Contreras2 (Key Grip 18-24), Alfred Cline (Camera Operator 1-8,11,14), Carroll Butler (Production Coordinator 9-10,12,13,15-24), Julie Waxman (Production Coordinator 9-10,12,13,15-24), Antique Automobiles by Movie World Buena Park CA., Sandy Dvore (Main Title).

Copyright © MCMLXXIII [1973] Lorimar Productions Inc. (1-14,17)

Copyright © MCMLXXIV [1974] Lorimar Productions Inc. (15-16,18-24)

1 Though credited, David W. Harper does not appear in episodes 1 or 11.
2 Spelled as "Conteras" on credits.

After the successful Season 1, Lorimar would have been plain silly to have changed the ingredients of such a winning recipe. And so it's business as usual for Season 2 and there are very few differences from before.

The most obvious visual difference from Season 1 is the introduction of the well-known "sepia photograph" opening titles, although it's not quite clear why it was deemed necessary to change the original radio opening sequence at this point. Obviously, in time the kids' appearances would have changed, but this wouldn't really have been for another season or so. Nevertheless, Sandy Dvore's new opening sequence was here to stay, and just to make sure you knew whose work it was, Dvore gave himself a big credit at the end of every episode. Most viewers – and possibly even Mr Dvore – missed the fact that sepia-toned photos owe more to the late 1800s than the 1930s, but it certainly can't be denied that this idea does have the right general feel for the show.

No episodes are real disasters here, though some suffer from being a little humdrum. The Air Mail Man, for example, really needs another plot thread (aside from the one about the plane) to keep things moving along; one wonders why more time wasn't used elaborating on the reconciliation between Todd and his wife which comes across as magically spontaneous even by The Waltons' standards!

Having said that, lower-key plots can be quite satisfactory if all the right human frailties are present. In The Five Foot Shelf, for example, Olivia, on a whim, uses money the family desperately needs to spend elsewhere and indulges in a completely unnecessary impulse purchase – the plots works because her actions are something we can all relate to.

Richard Thomas' real-life girlfriend of the time, Sian Barbara Allen, was brought back to reprise her role as Jenny Pendleton, John-Boy's sweetheart from the successful (and, indeed, Emmy-nominated) The Love Story of the first season. This time, though, she is completely underused and the viewer is left wondering why the Producers bothered to bring the character back at all without having a more substantial subplot for her.

John Walton Senior is accused of some stealing some family silver in The Theft and this gives Ralph Waite a (sadly) rare chance to flex his acting muscles and show a more angry, even violent side to his character. It's a shame he didn't get to do this more often as most of the acting plaudits for the adults tended to go elsewhere.

The grittiest story in this run of episodes – arguably in the entire canon – is The Gift which features Ron Howard (best known at this time as Opie from The Andy Griffith Show) as Seth Turner, a friend of Jason who is dying from leukemia. The Waltons was (probably rightly) frequently criticized for leaving every problem faced by the family rather too neatly wrapped up at the end of each episode. Whether it's Olivia's polio, Grandpa's heart attack, or John-Boy's brain clot, there were few, if any ramifications of these serious illnesses echoing through to future stories. So here it's rather refreshing (if that's the right word) that the cancer Seth is suffering from doesn't magically vanish at the end of the 60 minutes.

Across the season, guest performances are uniformly good or, at least, very serviceable. Catherine Burns' performance as a lonely and introverted young temporary schoolteacher in The Substitute stands out as particularly worthy of praise.

At the Emmys, Michael Learned repeated her success of the previous year in winning again for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series. Meanwhile, in the TV section of the Golden Globes, Ellen Corby won as Best Supporting Actress, while the overall show won Best Drama. In the Neilsen ratings the show climbed to the highest place it would achieve over its entire run: overall second position for the year with around 19 million viewers.

The Journey

Episode # 2.01 (25)  {S2,D1,sA}
Written by Nigel McKeand
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast September 13, 1973, CBS   (UK: December 2 or 9 or 16, 1974, BBC2)

Guest Star: Linda Watkins (Maggie MacKenzie). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Tammi1 Bula (Marcia Woolery), Chester Jones (Waiter), Earl Hamner (Michael MacKenzie)2.

1 Spelled on the credits as "Tami".
2 The series' creator in an uncredited cameo role (seen in the photo album and dancing in the restaurant).

Two ladies, one Saturday night. John-Boy gives up a date to drive an aging neighbor on a special last trip to the seaside.

The new title sequence
Michael MacKenzie: a cameo appearance by Earl Hamner

The Odyssey

Episode # 2.02 (26)  {S2,D1,sA}
Written by Joanna Lee
Directed by Jack Shea
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast September 20, 1973, CBS   (UK: November 18, 1974, BBC2)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance). Guest Star: Sissy Spacek (Sarah Jane Simmons)1. Allyn Ann McLerie (Widow Simmons)1, Frances E. Williams (Granny Ketchum).

1 Sarah Jane and her mother had been seen previously in The Townie in Season 1.

John-Boy rides up to an isolated cabin where he discovers his friend Sarah is expecting an illegitimate baby... right now.

Sissy Spacek as Sarah Jane Simmons
John-Boy and Blue the mule

The Separation

Episode # 2.03 (27)  {S2,D1,sA}
Teleplay by Richard Carr, story by Ellen Corby
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast September 27, 1973, CBS   (UK: November 25, 1974, BBC2)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), John J. Fox (Mr. Harper), William Paterson (Fred Hansen), Ed Call (Electric Company Man), Ancel Cook (Anker Barnes).

Grandpa spends a day slurping sodas with the Baldwin sisters and a misunderstanding develops between him and Grandma. Grandpa packs his trunk and leaves home.

The Baldwin ladies and Zeb take a trip
Zeb Walton

The Theft

Episode # 2.04 (28)  {S2,D1,sB}
Written by Robert Malcolm Young
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast October 4, 1973, CBS   (UK: April 28, 1975, BBC2)

John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Dennis Dugan (Stuart Lee Claybourne), Diana Webster (Mrs. Claybourne), Janit Baldwin (Amelia Claybourne), Davis Roberts (Dewey), Vern Rowe (Dodge Evanhauer), Frederic1 Downs (Garage Man).

1 Credited on the episode as "Frederick".

The Walton pride takes a beating after the richest family in town accuses John of stealing their silver, and the law is called in.

An angry John
Sheriff Ep Bridges

The Roots

Episode # 2.05 (29)  {S2,D1,sB}
Written by Sheldon Stark
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast October 11, 1973, CBS   (UK: December 2 or 9 or 16, 1974, BBC2)

Guest Stars: Hal Williams (Harley Foster)1, Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Grant). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Erin Blunt (Jody Foster)1, Noble Willingham (Mr. Denton).

1 First appearances for Harley Foster and his son Jody/Jodie. Harley would later marry Verdie Grant.

A migrant boy, Jody, begs his father to put down roots after being inspired by the Waltons' values – family, home, stability. Love is also in the air for the father.

Harley Foster
Jody Foster, Elizabeth and John-Boy

The Chicken Thief

Episode # 2.06 (30)  {S2,D1,sB}
Written by Richard Carr
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast October 18, 1973, CBS   (UK: December 2 or 9 or 16, 1974, BBC2)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Richard O'Brien (Charlie Potter), Cissy Wellman1 (Jane Aspen), David Moody (Floyd Carter), Merie2 Earle (Maude Gormley), Charles Kuenstle (Mr. Kilgore), Dorothy Meyer (Mrs. Blankfort), Meg Wyllie (Mrs. Potter).

1 Cissy Wellman would later play Sissy Walker who would go on to marry Yancy Tucker.
2 Credited on this episode as "Marie".

Friendship and honor collide when John-Boy witnesses Yancy stealing chickens... and doesn't tell the law. Meanwhile, Ben enters a poem for a competition, but is worried about having stolen ideas from John-Boy.

Yancy Tucker steals some chickens
Yancy in jail

The Prize

Episode # 2.07 (31)  {S2,D2,sA}
Written by Dale Eunson
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast October 25, 1973, CBS   (UK: May 5, 1975, BBC2)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose), David Doremus (G. W. Haines). Guest Star: Peter Donat1 (Oscar Cockrell). Dana Elcar (George Porter), Louise Lorimer (Grace Patterson), Kathleen O'Malley (Quilt Lady), Joella Deffenbaugh (Cake Lady), Patricia Wilson (Jelly Lady), Queenie Smith (1st Woman Judge), Angela Greene (2nd Woman Judge), Charles Kuenstle (1st Man), Jay Ripley (2nd Man), Burt2 Prelutsky (3rd Man).

1 Peter Donat was Michael Learned's ex-husband (they had divorced a year or so before this episode was filmed).
2 Spelled as "Bert" on credits.

Olivia's former beau, now a wealthy and powerful politician, comes to call. But is he coming courting, too? At the local fair, Olivia, Grandma, and the Baldwin ladies all aspire to win prizes.

Oscar Cockrell and Olivia
G. W. Haines and Martha Rose Coverdale

The Braggart

Episode # 2.08 (32)  {S2,D2,sA}
Written by Richard Fielder
Directed by Jack Shea
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast November 1, 1973, CBS   (UK: May 12, 1975, BBC2)

John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose). Guest Star: Michael McGreevey (Hobie). Richard X. Slattery (Clyde Harroway), Brian Culhane (Calvin Trask), Christopher Gardner (Sam "Half Pint" Brady), Moosie Drier (Georgie), Michael Reilly (Iggy), William Wintersole (Dr. Wolfe), Shawn Shea (Norma Lee), Doreen Lang (Mrs. Baker).

A loudmouth orphan invades the Walton home with stories of trying out for a pro baseball team.

Hobie vents his spleen on John-Boy
Father and son: Zeb and John

The Fawn

Episode # 2.09 (33)  {S2,D2,sA}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast November 8, 1973, CBS   (UK: May 19, 1975, BBC2)

Charles Tyner (Graham Foster), Matt Clark (Hennessy), James Gammon (Roswell), Jimmy Davila (Harold Beasley), Marjorie Morley Eaton (Mrs. Crofut), Todd Miller (Charlie), Mary Betten (Mrs. Littlefield), Donna Sanders (Beth Ann), James Jeter (Poacher #1), Sam Jarvis1 (Poacher #2).

1 Spelled as "Javis" on credits.

The Walton home is bursting at the seams, but the family finds room for one new member: a lost fawn. Meanwhile, John-Boy tries his hand at rent collecting, and Erin discovers that boys don't always live up to expectations.

Erin and the fawn
Erin has an admirer

The Thanksgiving Story

Episode # 2.10 (34) – double length  {S2,D2,sB}
Teleplay by Joanna Lee1, story by Earl Hamner
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast November 15, 1973, CBS   (UK: May 26 & June 2, 1975, BBC2, in two-part version)

Guest Star: Sian Barbara Allen (Jenny2). Diane Shalet (Eula2), John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), David Doremus (G. W. Haines), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose), Nadyne3 Turney (Miss Monsell), Claudia Bryar (Nurse Stewart), Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), Ivan Bonar (Dr. Haley), David Henesy (Jerry), Paul Sorensen (Higgins), Monty Margetts (Teacher), Keith Atkinson (Procter), Teresa Medaris (Fern), Kym Karath (Mabel), Betsy Finely4 (Nurse).

1 This episode won Joanna Lee an Emmy for Best Writing Achievement in Drama.
2 Jenny and Eula Pendleton has previously appeared in The Love Story in Season 1.
3 Spelled as "Nadine" on credits.
4 aka Betsee Finlee.

This year, the Waltons may be hard-pressed to be thankful after John-Boy suffers a serious head injury and faces an operation. Another shock is in store for John and Olivia when the Baldwin ladies decide they want to adopt Jason. Ben goes turkey hunting for the Thanksgiving dinner.

John, Grandpa and Grandma surround an injured John-Boy
John-Boy in hospital

The Substitute

Episode # 2.11 (35)  {S2,D2,sB}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Lee Philips
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast November 22, 1973, CBS   (UK: June 9, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Star: Catherine Burns (Megan). Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Kathleen O'Malley (Ethel Richardson), Melanie Freeman (Lucilla Younger).

The new substitute teacher is an unhappy woman who makes learning a chore and is unpopular with the kids. Meanwhile, Ben enters a kite-making contest and thinks he needs help – but does he?

An unhappy woman: Megan Pollard

The Bequest

Episode # 2.12 (36)  {S2,D3,sA}
Written by Mort Thaw
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast November 29, 1973, CBS   (UK: June 16, 1975, BBC2)

John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose), Ann1 Carol Pearson (Receptionist), Eunice Christopher (Librarian).

1 Spelled as "Anne" on credits.

Big money brings big responsibility. Grandma inherits $250 and frets herself about spending it. Up in the bathroom, Mary Ellen experiments with some new hair colors.

Livy and Grandma
Jim-Bob with a new hair color

The Air Mail Man

Episode # 2.13 (37)  {S2,D3,sA}
Written by Peter L. Dixon and Sarah Dixon.
Directed by Robert Butler
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast December 13, 1973, CBS   (UK: September 22, 1975, BBC2)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey). Guest Stars: Michael Glaser1 (Todd Cooper), Julie Cobb (Sue Cooper).

1 Better known as Paul Michael Glaser.

Olivia's birthday includes a thrilling plane ride, compliments of a pilot forced down on Walton’s Mountain.

Paul Michael Glaser as Todd Cooper
Olivia in Todd's plane

The Triangle

Episode # 2.14 (38)  {S2,D3,sA}
Written by Lionel E. Siegel
Directed by Lee Philips
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast December 20, 1973, CBS   (UK: June 23, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Stars: Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer)1, Janet Johnson2 (Naomi Atkins), Brad Wilkin (Willie Dempster).

1 This is the first appearance of Flossie Brimmer, owner of the local boarding house.
2 aka Janet Julian.

The schoolteacher has two rivals for her attention: the Reverend Fordwick and a jealous John-Boy. Ben tries out muscle building.

Teacher Miss Rosemary Hunter
Ben tries to build his muscles

The Awakening

Episode # 2.15 (39)  {S2,D3,sB}
Written by Joanna Lee
Directed by Lee Philips
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast January 3, 1974, CBS   (UK: June 30, 1975, BBC2)

James Carroll Jordan (Kevin Sturgis), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), David Doremus (G. W. Haines), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance).

Mary Ellen falls for a college man and finds the need for solitude to reflect. Grandma feels her age when she starts to experience hearing problems.

Kevin Sturgis meets Mary Ellen
Grandma Walton

The Honeymoon

Episode # 2.16 (40)  {S2,D3,sB}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Jack Shea
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast January 10, 1974, CBS   (UK: July 7, 1975, BBC2)

Tammi1 Bula (Marcia Woolery), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Greg Mabrey (Bellhop).

1 Spelled on the credits as "Tami".

Olivia and John finally embark on their honeymoon, but will the household fall apart without them?

Olivia and John
The Walton kids play around

The Heritage

Episode # 2.17 (41)  {S2,D3,sB}
Written by Dale Eunson
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast January 17, 1974, CBS   (UK: September 29, 1975, BBC2)

Noah Beery (Mr. Harmon), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Norman Andrews (Bill Dieter), Charles Kuenstle (Ken Lambert).

John considers a developer's offer to sell Walton's Mountain – and John-Boy is shocked at the possibility.

Elizabeth and Grandpa tend the grave of an ancestor
Grandpa and John-Boy wallow in a hot spring

The Gift

Episode # 2.18 (42)  {S2,D4,sA}
Teleplay by Carol Evan McKeand, story by Ray Goldrup and Jack Hanrahan
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast January 24, 1974, CBS   (UK: October 6, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Stars: Ron Howard (Seth), Pat Quinn (Wilma Turner1), Ken Swofford (Red Turner1). Rance Howard2 (Dr. McIvers).3

1 Seth's parents, Wilma and Red, appear again in The Comeback in Season 5, but with Red now played by Merle Haggard.
2 Rance Howard is the father of Ron Howard, who appears as Seth.
3 Joe Conley (Ike Godsey) is credited but does not appear.

His best friend is stricken with leukemia, and Jason doesn't know how to handle his grief and anger.

Ron Howard as Seth Turner
Jason, Seth and the gift

The Cradle

Episode # 2.19 (43)  {S2,D4,sA}
Written by Joanna Lee
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast January 31, 1974, CBS   (UK: October 13, 1975, BBC2)

Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Merie1 Earle (Maude Gormley), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge).

1 Credited on this episode as "Marie".

Joy (and surprise) abounds when Doc Vance, the family doctor, reveals that there'll soon be eight young Waltons on the mountain.

Olivia and John Walton
Doc Vance, the family doctor

The Fulfillment

Episode # 2.20 (44)  {S2,D4,sA}
Written by Michael Russnow and Tony Kayden
Directed by Nick Webster
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast February 7, 1974, CBS   (UK: October 20, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Stars: Victor French (Curtis1), Ivy Jones (Ann1). Tiger Williams (Stevie).

1 Curtis and Ann both appeared in The Bicycle in Season 1, but Curtis was played by Ned Beatty in that episode.

The family brings together a childless couple and an orphan with a chip on his shoulder.

Olivia reprimands Stevie
Curtis and Ann Norton meet Stevie

The Ghost Story

Episode # 2.21 (45)  {S2,D4,sB}
Written by Nigel McKeand
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast February 14, 1974, CBS   (UK: October 27, 1975, BBC2)

Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Kristopher Marquis (Luke), Jim Gammon (Roswell), Wilford Brimley (Horace).

"Spirits" conjured by a Ouija board predict a dire event involving a young visitor to the Walton home.

Summoning up the spirits...
Elizabeth and Luke

The Graduation

Episode # 2.22 (46)  {S2,D4,sB}
Written by Lionel E. Siegel
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 21, 1974, CBS   (UK: November 3, 1975, BBC2)

Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), William Lanteau (Salesman), Janice Carroll (Saleslady), Ted Lehman1 (Tailor), Casey Morgan (Young Man), Vicki McCarty (Young Woman), Gil Rankin (Henry Cottle), Gaye Nelson (Girl Graduate), Peggy Drier (Girl Graduate), Geri Berger (Girl Graduate), Rob Clotworthy (Tylor Crofut), Jeff Cotler2 (Little Boy).

1 aka Theodore Lehmann.
2 Jeff Cotler is Kami Cotler's brother.

All it seems that John-Boy has to worry about on his graduation day is what Marcia Woolery will write in his autograph book, since the family has already saved up enough to buy him a suit for the occasion. But then the family cow dies, and a suit can’t provide milk...

John-Boy makes a speech at his graduation
Marcia Woolery

The Five Foot Shelf

Episode # 2.23 (47)  {S2,D5,sA}
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast March 7, 1974, CBS   (UK: November 10, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Star: Ben Piazza (George Reed). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Wilford Brimley (Horace), Ancel Cook (Elmer Bob), Anne Elizabeth Beesley (Little Girl).

Encouraged by John-Boy, Olivia makes an impulse buy and orders 50 volumes of the Harvard Classics. However, getting them isn't so easy when the bookseller spends the advance money.

George Reed the bookseller: a troubled man
John-Boy in the bath

The Car

Episode # 2.24 (48)  {S2,D5,sA}
Written by Chris Andrews
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Arthur Morton
Broadcast March 14, 1974, CBS   (UK: November 17, 1975, BBC2)

Guest Stars: Ed Lauter (Hyder Rudge), Bonnie Bartlett (Martha). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Paul Sorensen (Higgins).

John-Boy needs a car for college but "buying" it involves doing chores for a grouch.

A miserable man: Hyder Rudge
John-Boy repairs the roof
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01 The Journey

02 The Odyssey

03 The Separation

04 The Theft

05 The Roots

06 The Chicken Thief

07 The Prize

08 The Braggart

09 The Fawn

10 The Thanksgiving Story (double length)

11 The Substitute

12 The Bequest

13 The Air Mail Man

14 The Triangle

15 The Awakening

16 The Honeymoon

17 The Heritage

18 The Gift

19 The Cradle

20 The Fulfillment

21 The Ghost Story

22 The Graduation

23 The Five Foot Shelf

24 The Car